It's Official! Elizabeth Banks Joins Cast of 'Hunger Games'

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Add 30 Rock star Elizabeth Banks to the long list of actors cast for Hunger Games.

Though it was rumored a few weeks ago, Banks is now officially playing the role of Effie Trinket in the book-turned-movie, ET Canada confirmed. But she's not the only familiar face joining the cast the film franchise that is predicted to be as big as Twilight.

 Funny man John C. Reilly is the odds-on favorite to land the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the drunken Hunger Gameswinner, according to Vulture. In the books, Abernathy is a major celebrity thanks to his past Games glory, but his guilt of having to send children to their death has turned him into an alcoholic. It’s not until he meets Katniss (who will be played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (a role Josh Hutcherson was cast as) that he finds a reason to turn his life around.

Also set to star alongside Banks is Liam Hemsworth. Perhaps best known as the on-again, off-again boyfriend to Miley Cyrus, Liam will play the role of Gale Hawthorne.

 

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  • Aubree
    Aubree

    it sounds like a lot of people found Cato HUGE, but this is almost EXACTLY how i pictured him

  • Shaee
    Shaee

    hottieeee,, he truly is the perfect Peeta Mellark. i've seen the hunger games 4 timess <3

  • KATIE
    KATIE

    COME TO THOUSAND OAKS CALIFORNIA!!! I WILL DIEE IF I MEET YOU!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I HAVE ATLEST 10 PICTURES OF YOU IN MY ROOM!! I LOVE YOU ALOT:) <3333333333333333333333333333

  • Doreen
    Doreen

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  • Sadie
    Sadie

    He isn't what I pictured Peeta to look like, and Liam isn't how I imagined Gale

  • Sadie
    Sadie

    I pictured Cinna as a skinny, white guy, and very gay looking

  • Amber Plante
    Amber Plante

    Me too.

  • kkkksfksdfsdf
    kkkksfksdfsdf

    Josh looks way better with blond hair. But, I think he is still as cute as can be!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • nkk222101
    nkk222101

    Josh looks way better with blond hair. But, I think he is still as cute as can be!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • nkk222101
    nkk222101

    I think Josh looks better with blond hair :( But, I think he is still very cute!! He is very sweet in the book! The book is so addicting!!!! GO TEAM PEETA!!!!!

  • nkk222101
    nkk222101

    I like Josh with blond hair better :( But, I still think he's cute!! TEAM PEETA!!!

  • person
    person

    I agree with Miranda. In the trailer you see her hair is dyed brown. She is exactly what I imagined Katniss like!!

  • person
    person

    Soo exited! FOR HUNGERGAMESS!! <3 LOVE ITT itss amzingg the bookss

  • person
    person

    hmm.. i always imagined cinna to be white white ear-length blonde hair and gold eyeliner. always in tight black clothing and a feminine vibe. Guess not.

  • Emily1431
    Emily1431

    i couldn't agree with you more! I didn't think Cinna would look this..tough. I mean a nose ring?!

  • teampeeta
    teampeeta

    can't you read? It says district 3.

  • Paige
    Paige

    @abby I 100% agree with you!! Josh is perffect for the role of peseta! I can't wait for the movie I know it's going to be amazing. And that is a great pic of josh!!! So good looking!!!!!!

  • name
    name

    are you kidding? he is a perfect Peeta!

  • District11girl
    District11girl

    But there is no tribute from District 13 in the Hunger Games... District 13 was "destroyed" before that. Unless he is a tribute for clips of previous games

  • Michelle
    Michelle

    I like Liam as Gale. I agree with Melanie, I don't like Josh as Peeta... not a good fit as far as I'm concerned.

  • Sepia830
    Sepia830

    Is that the chick that played the title character in the movie 'Orphan'? Oh yeah...can't wait to see her die again.

  • Sepia830
    Sepia830

    Wow...how do you make the assumption that it was bad casting before seeing how Lenny comes across in the movie? Seems like some of you wanted Cinna to be anything but black.

  • natalie
    natalie

    usually i call my husband a drama queen but thanks to you i will be using over dramatic freak from now on. they say its important to change things up in a relationship.

  • perstefanie
    perstefanie

    I think Donald Sutherland could have fantastic, unforgiving snake eyes

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    i cannot think of another human being playing peeta. he is so perfect for the role it hurts.

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    lovelovelovelove this casting

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    she looks exactly like i thought prim would and im sure will be portray her perfectly :)

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    this picture makes him look tiny. but in reality he's huge. no worries fans!

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    love this actor.

  • hungerrrrgames
    hungerrrrgames

    he wears gold eyeliner.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Oh ya, definitely!

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Are they going to dye his hair lighter though? He looks like a Peeta...kind of friendly and a bit geeky. Very genuine looking...

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    No way. I pictured Cato HUGE...lol

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    She is gorgeous...and with brown hair and the magic of make-up they can make her look plain, but then when they transform her for the festivities she will be glowing. I hope she is a good actress...however, I am sure she will do well.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    I picture Haymitch fat...but it will be very interesting to see Woody Harrelson. He is a great actor too. You are right, very quirky.

  • Jaymie
    Jaymie

    Donald Sutherland is an AMZING actor and he will do a GREAT job for the role of President Snow.

  • jessica
    jessica

    I am sooooo happy he got the part of Peeta! <3 Hes a great actor and is really, really hot! he just need to dye his hair! (which they obvously did)

  • jessica
    jessica

    shes very young in that pic. Amandla is actually 13

  • jessica
    jessica

    hopefully shes going to be a good Prim!

  • jessica
    jessica

    same!

  • jessica
    jessica

    Jennifer is gonna be an amazing Katniss! If the director thought she would be good for the role of Katniss, then she must be! Shes a great actress!

  • jessica
    jessica

    im totally with you! besides, gale is older then peeta and liam looks 18 and josh looks 16. Great cast!

  • jessica
    jessica

    elizabeth is gonna be a great effie!

  • Rox
    Rox

    ESTER! Haha. Love this casts!

  • Rox
    Rox

    I love her even before she was cast as Katniss! I love her being Mystique on XMEN, and ever since I know she'll go places! SHE'S PERFECT!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    u dont know that! not in any part of thhe book did it say that prim was "cute". so get ur facts straight

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    awwww yah!finally ppl who agree with me! She makes an awesome KAtniss!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    no i disagree with you guys..... i think its PERFECT the way it is! :) the movie is gonna be fantastic!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    u guys are so stupid! its a good role! u guys dont know squat!

  • ammajamma
    ammajamma

    shut up u over dramatic freak! the best book in the world isnt goin to be a bad movie, its imposible!

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    She's perfect!! and she's adorable!!!

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    prim is supposed to be cuter

  • Baconisyummy
    Baconisyummy

    I'm sorry to say, but just because you imagined him one way, doesn't mean that's the way he's supposed to look

  • sadek
    sadek

    If you saw the movie Colombiana you will know that she can really do her role

  • Mojo
    Mojo

    I expected her too look more innocent :c

  • Laura
    Laura

    nickelodeon? OH FUCK and they died josh's hair blonde lol, he looks,.....strange, although gale and peeta should have been switched

  • Kyle
    Kyle

    This casting is horrible. I imagined Cinna to be Latino or have some sort of European vibe. Calming, kind, very effeminate, and very protective. If he doesn't have silver eye liner on, I am walking out!

  • Rachel
    Rachel

    but neither is Gale...

  • Rachel
    Rachel

    Doesn't look much like Peeta though... then again, neither does Josh Hutcherson. >.>

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    Adorableeee

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    FANTASTIC. Perfect :')

  • Luke Jackson
    Luke Jackson

    Worst casting ever, I imagined Cinna to be white, with short brown hair, always wearing black clothing and looking slightly French, with a really intelligent look about him. This couldn't be more bizarre.

  • Abby
    Abby

    Personally, I really like Josh Hutcherson for Peeta. Have you haters even SEEN his past interviews? He has the eloquence Peeta has and he has Peeta's personality. Plus, PEETA IS NOT SCRAWNY. Peeta lifts hundreds of pounds of flour and other stuff for the bakery, and he has muscles. Josh has Peeta's personality and the role will come naturally to him, but I just can't see Alex Pettyfer with Peeta's nice and straighforward personality.

  • katy
    katy

    I agree 100%, the two of them need to switch roles.. he is a scrawny little thing.. Peeta was not scrawny!!

  • Melanie
    Melanie

    I dont think he's good for the role of Peeta. I read the book and I take my characters very seriously and to me he's just all wrong for the part

  • twiceover
    twiceover

    PERFECT!!!!

  • twiceover
    twiceover

    she is soo cute!!

  • twiceover
    twiceover

    yeah i does

  • twiceover
    twiceover

    its a monobrow!!!!!!!

  • Jasmin Aguilar
    Jasmin Aguilar

    @kp I TOTALLY agree with you!!!! finally someone sees! alex pettyfer shouldve been peeta and this guy as gale. it sucks that the movie-makers couldnt see that :(

  • Trisha
    Trisha

    Every time I look at him, I think of him as the creepy nurse in Precious.

  • Lia
    Lia

    she looks so young...she better be able to play the role right

  • kp
    kp

    He should be cast as gale and alex pettyfer as peeta

  • person
    person

    NOOOOOO! he looks like bloody santa!. not Snow. i am going to be hysterical about this if they stuff it up like they did with "Percy Jackson". i mean PLZ for they book lovers out there DON'T RUIN THE BOOKS 4 US!!!!

  • Amber
    Amber

    People: stop complaining about Jennifer! They will use:dye, color contacts, and spraytan! She will do an AMAZING JOB! :D

  • Tribute
    Tribute

    I can totally see him as Cato.

  • Melissa
    Melissa

    i am with you completely i laughed when i saw he was playing Cinnia

  • Melissa
    Melissa

    i thought that too. but after seeing pics showing them with the different hair i think it kinda works

  • Karen
    Karen

    Katniss finds out his name in Catching Fire when she visits District 1 on the Victory Tour, I believe.

  • Kia
    Kia

    He should have been cast as Gale and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta .. I cant picture him as a blonde .

  • Kia
    Kia

    Aww Rue .

  • Kia
    Kia

    I agree with Miranda ... I do think she will be a good Katniss. She has this sort of strength to her that Katniss has and she is a damn good actress . Plus she already knows how to skin squirrels from her movie Winter's Bone Lol !

  • Kia
    Kia

    He should have been cast as Peeta.. He's already a blonde ..

  • Arlien
    Arlien

    No. Just no. does this look like Cinna to you? Excuse my bad language, but this is one shitty choice!

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    HES GOING TO BE THE PERFECT PEETA. HIS ACTING SKILLS ARE AMAZING. Plus he's SUPER cute :D

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    It's called hair dye.

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    PERFECT LOOK

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    Stunning. Just as pictured Glimmer. I wonder how she can portray a gory death.

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    I didn't know the book even revealed the tribute from District 1's name. He's the one who Katniss shoots threw the neck when he traps Rue, I don't recall them ever saying his name. Well I guess it's Marvel! lol

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    I pictured Cato to be much more buff I can definitely see him as Cato. He has that evil look in his eyes lol :D

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    She is going to be PHENOMENAL! People think just because she doesn't look like Katniss that the whole movie will suck!! OH PLEASE. I'd rather have a damn good actress that doesn't look like the character than a mediocre actress that is a Katniss look-alike. I can't wait until she proves all the haters wrong. PLUS she looks amazing in character!! GO JENNIFER!!

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    I think he's going to be great I am impressed with the casting

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    Can't wait for this one!!!

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    WOW! He looks JUST like a Haymitch!! Kinda quirky and bumbley just as Haymitch is!

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    He's going to be great as Cinna! I can see it now

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    Aww Rue made me cry in the book :( Her looking so innocent here is sure to make me sad in the movie

  • Miki
    Miki

    He looks more like a Gale to me. My opinion

  • sydsouth
    sydsouth

    * Peeta, funny name, I want to see his work. *

  • sydsouth
    sydsouth

    * Well, he is very handsome. Striking eyes, *

  • sydsouth
    sydsouth

    * Gabby where have YOU been?! Good luck with the acting debut Jack! * =}

  • sydsouth
    sydsouth

    * She already looks creepy, in that good movie quality way though, very mysterious eyes. Hmmm...my curiosity is growing!!! * xD

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    SEXYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    Unibrow lol

  • antitaylorswift
    antitaylorswift

    not fan of the cast. .but i do like the story

  • ko-chan04
    ko-chan04

    Hunger Games fans expect so much from her as Katniss. I hope she won't disappoint us..

  • Stiffler
    Stiffler

    Except that he is not blonde, he is perfect for the role of Peeta.

  • Stiffler
    Stiffler

    She is so not Katniss.

  • dafish11
    dafish11

    i love the hunger games!! its a great serious....way better than twilight in my opinion. idk what i feel about the castings..its way different from the bk for sure but i encourage everyone to read it! its litterally AMAZING

  • AliceM
    AliceM

    I'm going to be honest, sorry if the fans of The Hunger Games are offended, but they are trying to throw big names and make another Twilight-esque franchise. I feel that it just won't happen.

  • Hobbs
    Hobbs

    She and her husband just had their first child via a surrogate. You would think that she would probably want to take time off but she is running back to work and giving up quality time with her baby.

  • Tom Franks
    Tom Franks

    Elizabeth is amazingly gorgeous. I love her. She’s really beautiful and a really sweet girl.